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Q:

Where do evil thoughts come from? Does Satan put them there? Sometimes I think he must, because they just seem to pop into my head without any effort on my part. In any case, how are we supposed to deal with them?


A:

At times, the devil apparently does put evil thoughts in our head, or even directly incites us to do evil. I think of Judas, for example, who made a secret arrangement to betray Jesus to His enemies. When Judas went to inform them where they could find Jesus, the Bible says that “Satan entered into him” (John 13:27).

But the ground was already prepared (so to speak) for Satan to work in Judas’ heart and mind. Although he was part of Jesus’ band of twelve disciples, Judas did not really believe that Jesus was the Savior sent from God to save us from our sins. In fact, the Bible says that Judas “was a thief; as keeper of the money bag (for the disciples), he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). The lesson is clear: The farther we are from God, the more vulnerable we will be to Satan’s attacks.

Don’t be like Judas, but make certain of your commitment to Jesus Christ. If you’ve never done so, turn to Him and by faith ask Him to come into your heart and life. Then ask Him to fill your mind with His truth and His Spirit every day. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Not all evil thoughts come directly from Satan, however. Often they come from within – from our own sinful hearts. When they do, ask God to cleanse your mind and fill it with Christ.

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53 Comments

  1. Elita Mwale says:

    many times i feel invisible, like my presence don’t matter,at work, at home, at church everything i have tired to do in my life i have failed, i have prayed to God fasted but trouble and pain always follow.help me pray for my family.

    1. Jill says:

      Elita, I’m familiar with your pain. I felt the same way when I was younger. My underlying problem was that I lacked confidence. I got confidence from accomplishments and from reading scripture. When you are feeling down just remember that you are perfectly and wonderfully made by God and that he loves you so much that He even counted the hairs on your head. When you pray make sure you aren’t just asking for things. Make sure your prayer includes adoration (praising and worshiping God for who He is) confession (asking God to cleanse you from sin), thanksgiving (believing and acknowledging Gods grace) and then supplication (your specific prayer request). Proper prayer and reading scripture will do wonders. I will pray for you.

  2. Alexa says:

    I pray that God will work through me so that I may be able to better serve Him. I want to please Him in every way I can, while helping others. God, You know my heart all too well! As well as my concerns and fears…please protect me and give me the strength I need to get through the hard times. Without You I am weak, but through Your grace, anything is possible. Thank You Father, Amen..

  3. Brian says:

    Pray for my family that God brings us back together and that God will be done in my life and he showes me his path for my life and that he gives me a really good job that I may do over and above for my kids thanks

  4. Rose Garcia says:

    I need prayer for undisclosed need. Fill my mind with good thoughts of Christ

  5. Martha Thomas says:

    Enjoyed the article.

  6. Jose says:

    Any time I try to make a step it seems difficult for me. Satan whispers into my thoughts. I see everything going wrong and my dreams dont come true. God help me. Amen

  7. Justin Davis says:

    Satan has been whispering awful terrifying thing in my thoughts…he makes me ashamed of myself for it…I pray to our Lord and our Father to forgive me..but still Satan makes me think I can’t be forgiven because I’ve already had the evil thoughts…I can feel the Lord giving me strength as I pray but I’m still worried…I know that Jesus died for me and every single one of us and our sins.. I will never not know that…but I still can’t help but have these disturbing thoughts….
    Please Lord Please help me fight Satan and keep my mind on you Lord….In Jesus’ most heavenly name I pray AMEN